Diary Entry: Dec. 26, 1953
"Children tired but still busy with toys. Took tree down this morning. A quiet day & I got a good nap."
Diary Entry: Dec. 27, 1953
"A quiet day. Stayed inside & didn't do much all day."
Diary Entry: Dec. 28, 1953
"B went to Kyoto to hunt books. Found only 2 but found Schultz's house. Invited them down. McKnight's came to visit awhile. Have heard yelling for several nights. Kita-san finally explained it was boys watching for fires calling "Hi no-yo yin" (watch your fires). Olden times an old man did it for pension. Now volunteer boys do it. From Edo period."
Diary Entry: Dec. 29, 1953
"Went to Kobe. Found some tiles & some fans. Also found some cute chashi oki (chopstick rests)."
NOTE to readers: I'm taking a few days to organize the new year, so please come back on Dec. 30 for the next post.